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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Cayman Islands

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Chris Goumas, OH, USA
Report Number 1750
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Puerto Vallarta, Bahamas, Jamaica, Lake Erie (OH), Lake George (NY),
Monterey (CA), Panama City Beach (FL), White Star quarry (OH), Gilboa
quarry (OH)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
If crew knew you were drinking they would ask that you just be a snorkler.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Really nice big camera table with places to charge batteries and dry
camera.  On board computer to view digital pics, and video processing for
slides.  Dedicated fresh water bin for cameras.  Camera pro wasn't helpful
for me but may have been for more experience photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was my second time on this boat (last time was 3.5 years ago).  The
food was great, the boat is nice although I kept finding flaking white
paint on my clothes.  Rooms are tight but clean w/tv/dvd combo.  Diving
made VERY easy with Nitrox or air fills without you needing to remove BC
from tank.

The food was great.  Nice variety, quality, and lots of it (I'm a big eater
and was always satisfied).  Barty was the cook and she did a wonderful job.
 I personally liked Savio who was the cook on my last trip and I thought
Barty was much better (except Savio made a killer curry one night and we
didn't get that with Barty).

The dive staff were great to get along with but didn't point out anything
underwater (except for the night dives).  Experienced but I would have
liked some more insight into the creatures and if they could have shown us
where some more interesting species were that would have been nice.  They
did tell us about a scorpion fish that hangs out on the back of the Tibbets
wreck, but that was about it.

I wish I would have brought ear drops.  If you haven't done a live aboard
before, make sure you have correctly fitting booties so you don't be
blisters.  I had my Dramamine this time so I didn't get sick on the
crossing between Grand and Little Cayman.

I had problems with Steve the photo guy as I rented a camera that didn't
work (came up in middle of dive to get different camera, when I went back
down it still didn't work).  I'm not a photo pro but have shot underwater
before.  He setup the camera (once it was working) and all my shots were
way too dark, I think the flash was out of sync with the camera because
some shots I took without the flash looked like those with the flash.  He
blamed me saying I was expecting perfection on each picture...give me a
break.  He did make sure I had a working camera for 4 dives though.

I would do another Aggressor in a heart beat.  Easiest diving you can do.
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